T.J. Hooker 3.06 Walk a Straight Line (1983, Police Alcoholism Action Drama) – 7/10 TV review

Cast / crew
William Shatner: T.J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed: Officer Vince Romano
Heather Locklear: Officer Stacy Sheridan
James Darren: Jim Corrigan
Writer (Series’ Creator): Rick Husky
Vincent Baggetta: Sam Dietrich
Belinda J. Montgomery: Laura Dietrich
Ron Joseph: Lester Sayles
Mitch Carter:
Supervising Producer: Rick Husky
Producer: Jeffrey Hayes
Writer: Rick Kelbaugh
Director: Cliff Bole

T.J. Hooker 3.06 Walk a Straight Line (1983)

When a stakeout goes terribly wrong, Corrigan suspects that one of the detectives involved has a drink problem. The detective is one of Hooker’s ex-partners and he agrees to have a word with him but more action may need to be taken. Meanwhile, the Jumpsuit gang are pulling off more and more dangerous armed robberies.

7/10

This is a good Hooker episode which bolts the dancing girls, car chases and ‘splosions onto a well-handled backbone tackling alcoholism. Hooker managed to get himself out of trouble after the break-up of his marriage so he is in a good position to help his friend. As is the case, the friend denies there is a problem and doesn’t respond to words. It often takes a brush with mortality to push an alcoholic into remedial action and the episode does a good job of portraying this arc and keeping it serious while still keeping the awesomeness of the remainder of the show. The chase sequences are good with quality punchlines. The first ends with a huge explosion and the second with Hooker leaping through the air and tipping himself and the baddie through a barrier into the sea. Cue classic moment when the bad guy sputters that he can’t swim. So Hooker retorts “Let me help you” and punches him in the noggin. The last chase has Hooker leaping on to the back of a speeding van. Hurrah!

This T.J. Hooker episode contains unpleasant scenes, mild violence.

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